Chicago's many bridges provide the inspiration for this first bridge series, painted in 2000-2001. I focus on the design elements and eliminate background in order to emphasize form. Seemingly massive structures are actually hollow, made up of many individual components. What may appear to be random patterns of bolts and rivets have a rigidly patterned logic. Stripped of their context, the bridges take on new aspects. Some look dangerous, others elegant. The forms are presented in "natural" bridge colors in bold contrast to the void. They float in light, which plays across the surface details.
Bridges are meant to carry you across the void. Beyond this literal meaning, "constructs" stand as a proxy for the human need to organize and create our realities. This activity is not limited to the physical environment. We labor to bridge social, economic and spiritual voids as well. And they remind us of the beauty that can be found in the ordinary details of our lives that we all too frequently donít take time to notice.
"Construct IX", Acrylic on Canvas, 60" x 24", 2000